Renewable energy

Denmark prioritises renewable energy, as the energy from renewable sources doesn’t cause CO2-emissions in the atmosphere.

In Denmark wind power and bio mass are the most important sources for renewable energy. Unlike fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal, the utilization of renewable energy does not cause emissions of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Renewable energy thereby decreases Denmarks emission of green house gasses and contributes to the realization of the long-term vision, for Denmark to become completely independent of fossil fuels. At the same time Danish production of renewable energy enhances the energy security.

Wind power and bio mass
The Danish renewable energy supply comes primarily from wind, bio mass and bio gas. Renewable geothermal energy and direct solar energy is having an increased influence in practice, while renewable wave energy and other forms of energy generated from water still only exist on a pilot basis.

In 2012 the overall amount of renewable energy in Denmark was 184,4 Peta Joule (PJ).

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Renewable energy in Denmark

The share of renewable energy has grown significantly since 1980. Especially since 1990 the supply from renewable energy sources has increased. The Danish Energy Agency assessed that in 2008 16,5 percent of the climate corrected gross energy consumption came from renewable energy, compared to 6,1 percent in 1990.

When focusing entirely on the energy supply, the share of renewable energy in the Danish energy production for use in Denmark in 2008 was 26,7 percent. Out of which wind power contributed with 18,3 percent. As of today Denmark has installed a total of 3166 MW wind power, of which 424 MW are wind-mills located at sea. (September 2009)

The Ministry of Climate and Energy is supporting the research and development projects in renewable energy through among others the Energy technological Research and Development Programme. (Energiteknologiske Udviklings- og Demonstrationsprogram - EUDP).


Latest update: 8. July 2015